The Takeaway: Puakea may not get the headlines other Hawaii courses get, but it features a great design highlighted by the holes tucked away from the development. More affordable than most courses on the island and the most convenient to the airport, Puakea doesn’t disappoint. Grade B-
Designer: Robin Nelson (10 holes in 1997, rest of the holes in 2003)
Cost: $59.00 - $99.00 Click for current rates
Phone Number: (808) 245-8756
Course Website: Official Website - Visit Puakea Golf Course's official website by clicking on the link provided.
Directions: Get here! - 4150 Nuhou Street, Lihue, Kauai
Accolades: Ranked 18th in Hawaii on Golf Course Gurus' Best in State list.
What to Expect: Puakea is located in the southeast portion of Kauai near the Lihue airport. Convenient to shopping, transportation, and the island’s largest population base make Puakea and their attractive rates a destination for locals and visitors. The front nine is relatively flat and open before diving off on the severely downhill signature hole. The back nine features more dramatic and secluded terrain with natural ravines, some water features, and some jungle thrown into the mix. The beige orange sand in the bunkers is native to the area while Bermuda grass is the dominant turf. Conditioning is good, but not outstanding. While not of the same caliber as Poipu Bay or the courses in Princeville, Puakea does deliver some great holes at half the price and is well worth playing while in Kauai.
By the Numbers
Individual Hole Analysis
Signature Hole: 6th Hole at Puakea Golf Course Hole – 176 Yard Par 3
Best Par 3: 13th Hole at Puakea Golf Course Hole – 228 Yards
Best Par 4: 12th Hole at Puakea Golf Course Hole – 397 Yards
Best Par 5: 11th Hole at Puakea Golf Course Hole – 560 Yards
Birdie Time: 16th Hole at Puakea Golf Course Hole – 134 Yard Par 3
Bogey Beware: 15th Hole at Puakea Golf Course Hole – 446 Yard Par 4